Ali Clift and Yoshinori Hagiwara Public Opening
May
11
3:00 PM15:00

Ali Clift and Yoshinori Hagiwara Public Opening

Both artists will attend the public opening.

Ali Clift’s unique and mysterious cloth paintings are delicately crafted using fabric. As a graduate of Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Clift's first cloth paintings were inspired, technically, by a picture composed of small cloth pieces on display at the MFA . Throughout her artistic career, Clift has been fascinated by the challenge of creating an authentic sense of space through the illusion of fabric. As she continues to expand her creative process, each new body of work introduces distinct subjects and a notable change in an exploration of cloth as a medium for painting. Some of the most recent works depict the beauty of nature in a surreal, narrative manner. An ardent and engaged traveler, she shares—literally and figuratively—fragments of her experiences in new environments. Clift's earlier works inspired by Mexico are featured in the book Paintings of the Last Decade: Still Life, which is the second publication featuring the artist. The first, entitled Beyond the Big Top: The Cloth Paintings and Graphic Works, explores her successful circus-themed works. Clift's work is included in public collections in New England, New York, Canada, Israel, Vietnam, and Bali. She resides in Chelsea, Massachusetts and Naples, Florida.

Yoshinori Hagiwara is the fifth generation of the Hagiwara family ceramic workshop, currently residing in Mashiko, Japan. To obtain formal training, he studied and researched at the Tochigi Prefectural Ceramics Instructional Institute. Yoshinori's work has since been selected for inclusion, and has won numerous prizes at the National Art Exhibition for multiple years. The most recent ceramics have broadened beyond his well-known persimmon glaze, and he has incorporated yellow kaki, blue nuka, and namijiro glaze into his artistic vocabulary. Creating his own expression through using these glazes, he exhibits great control in creating elegant forms. In 2014, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry designated Hagiwara as a "Traditional Craftsman." His ceramics are included in significant public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Schein Joseph Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred University in Alfred, New York, and the Tikotin Museum of Art in Haifa, Israel.

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Samuel Bak Ner Ot II Public Opening
Mar
9
3:00 PM15:00

Samuel Bak Ner Ot II Public Opening

The artist will attend the public opening.

Samuel Bak was born in 1933 in Vilna, Poland, at a crucial moment in modern history. From 1940 to 1944, Vilna was under Soviet and then German occupation. Bak’s artistic talent was first recognized during an exhibition of his work in the Ghetto of Vilna when he was nine years old. While he and his mother survived, his father and four grandparents all perished at the hands of the Nazis. At the end of World War II, he fled with his mother to the Landsberg Displaced Persons Camp, where he enrolled in painting lessons at the Blocherer School in Munich. In 1948, they immigrated to the newly established state of Israel. He studied at the Bezalel Art School in Jerusalem and completed his mandatory service in the Israeli army. In 1956 he went to Paris to continue his education at the École des Beaux Arts. He received a grant from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation to pursue his artistic studies. In 1959, he moved to Rome where his first exhibition of abstract paintings was met with considerable success. In 1961, he was invited to exhibit at the “Carnegie International” in Pittsburg, followed by solo exhibitions at the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv Museums in 1963.

It was subsequent to these exhibitions that a major change in his art occurred. There was a distinct shift from abstract forms to a metaphysical figurative means of expression. Ultimately, this transformation crystallized into his present pictorial language. Bak’s work weaves together personal history and Jewish history to articulate an iconography of his Holocaust experience. Across seven decades of artistic production, Samuel Bak has explored and reworked a set of metaphors, a visual grammar, and vocabulary that ultimately privileges questions. His art depicts a world destroyed, and yet provisionally pieced back together, and preserves memory of the twentieth-century ruination of Jewish life and culture by way of an artistic passion and precision that stubbornly announces the creativity of the human spirit.

Since 1959, the artist has had numerous exhibitions in major museums, galleries, and universities throughout Europe, Israel, and the United States, including retrospectives at Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem, and the South African Jewish Museum in Cape Town. He has lived and worked in Tel Aviv, Paris, Rome, New York, and Lausanne. In 1993, he settled in Massachusetts and became an American citizen. Bak has been the subject of numerous articles, scholarly works, and eighteen books; most notably a 400-page monograph entitled Between Worlds. In 2001 he published his touching memoir, Painted in Words, which has been translated into several languages. He has also been the subject of two documentary films and was the recipient of the 2002 German Herkomer Cultural Prize. Samuel Bak has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, Seton Hill University in Greenburg, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.

In 2017, The Samuel Bak Museum opened in the city of the artist’s birth, on the first two floors of the Tolerance Center of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum. In addition to fifty works already donated by the artist, the Museum will continue to accept works in the coming years and ultimately build a collection that spans the artist’s career. The Museum honors Bak’s life and art and is a testament to his commitment to educate current and future generations. Also in 2017, Samuel Bak was nominated by the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum, and subsequently named by the city’s mayor as an Honorary Citizen of Vilnius. He is only the 15th person to receive this honor, joining Ronald Reagan and Shimon Peres for their exceptional contributions to Lithuania.

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Artist Talk with Li Hongwei and Andrew Maske
Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Talk with Li Hongwei and Andrew Maske

Li Hongwei is a Chinese sculptor who currently works and lives in Beijing and New York. He earned degrees at two preeminent art schools: The Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (BFA in sculpture, 2005) and Alfred University in Alfred, New York (MFA in ceramic art, 2007). He subsequently taught and published in both China and the United States. In 2015, he was invited to lecture as a visiting artist at Harvard University. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (Geneva), the Chinese Sculpture Institute (Beijing), and the Taylor Foundation (established in 1844; Paris).

Li Hongwei’s works have been collected by: The British Museum, London; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, NY; China APEC International Conference Center; The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Texas; and others. Over the years, his works have been exhibited in: The National Art Museum of China; The Louvre; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Fox Art Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania; and the Dublin Castle in Ireland, among others. In 2013, he was awarded the Taylor Prize by the 2013 France International Salon.

Andrew Maske specializes in the arts of Asia, focusing especially on ceramic art in Japan from the sixteenth century to the present. He is also interested in artistic connections between East Asian nations, both historical and contemporary. An added interest is the cultural context of artworks in Asia, including connoisseurship, collecting, display, performance, and use.

Dr. Maske received his doctorate in Japanese Art History from Oxford University. He teaches courses concentrating on the art of East Asia (China, Korea, and Japan). As a curator of Japanese art between 1999 and 2005, he developed the exhibition Geisha: Beyond the Painted Smile, and served as editor and primary author of the critically-acclaimed volume by the same name. This exhibition explored Japanese geisha both as the subject of artworks and as performing artists themselves from the eighteenth century to the present day. Dr. Maske also played a major role in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2003 catalogue, Turning Point: Oribe and the Arts of Sixteenth Century Japan, which examined the revolution in Japanese aesthetics that began in the late sixteenth century. He has published articles and reviews in Archaeometry, Journal of Japanese Studies, Orientations, and Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan.

During the seven years he lived in Japan, Dr. Maske studied numerous aspects of Japanese art and culture, practicing chanoyu (tea ceremony), Japanese dance, and the instrument shamisen. In 2006-2007 he held a Fulbright research fellowship in China to study the development of contemporary ceramic art there.

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Li Hongwei and Saul Steinberg Public Opening
Feb
9
3:00 PM15:00

Li Hongwei and Saul Steinberg Public Opening

Li Hongwei will attend the public opening.

Li Hongwei is a Chinese sculptor who currently works and lives in Beijing and New York. He earned degrees at two preeminent art schools: The Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (BFA in sculpture, 2005) and Alfred University in Alfred, New York (MFA in ceramic art, 2007). He subsequently taught and published in both China and the United States. In 2015, he was invited to lecture as a visiting artist at Harvard University. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (Geneva), the Chinese Sculpture Institute (Beijing), and the Taylor Foundation (established in 1844; Paris).

Li Hongwei’s works have been collected by: The British Museum, London; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, NY; China APEC International Conference Center; The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Texas; and others. Over the years, his works have been exhibited in: The National Art Museum of China; The Louvre; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Fox Art Gallery of the University of Pennsylvania; and the Dublin Castle in Ireland, among others. In 2013, he was awarded the Taylor Prize by the 2013 France International Salon.

Saul Steinberg is best known for his six-decade career as an artist for The New Yorker and other prominent publications. Steinberg's relationship with art began in his father’s book binding and printing shop in Bucharest, where he observed the merging of high-art imagery and commercialism—a theme that would later define the style and subject matter of his own art. Fleeing anti-Semitism and fascism, Steinberg made his way to the United States in 1942. While in the U.S., he continued to publish his drawings during and after World War II, and he exhibited artwork internationally as well. His style is marked by an economy of line and wit, learned during his early years at Bertoldo, an Italian humor newspaper. His work has been shown in notable exhibitions at galleries and museums, incuding Pace Gallery, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro; Morgan Library & Museum, and Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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Master Ceramics Workshop with Li Hongwei at MIT
Feb
6
10:00 AM10:00

Master Ceramics Workshop with Li Hongwei at MIT

Join ceramic artist Li Hongwei at MIT for an all-day workshop and demonstration. Li is well known for his early series “Weight of Meditation;” his recent work, which combines porcelain and stainless steel, has received widespread critical acclaim. In 2013, he was awarded the Taylor Prize by the 2013 France International Salon, the chairman of the committee commenting, “His work is a reflection of plural thoughts and their ongoing changes in contemporary Chinese cultural context.”

Li holds a bachelor’s degree in sculpture from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and a master’s in ceramic art from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University at Alfred, NY.

Location: MIT | SAA 2D Studio (W20-425)

$30 Advance Registration Required. Please register here.

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Cary Wolinsky Artist Talk
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

Cary Wolinsky Artist Talk

Please join us in the Gallery for an Artist Talk with Cary Wolinsky.

Cary Wolinsky worked as a news photographer for The Boston Globe in 1968 while completing a degree in photojournalism at Boston University. Soon after graduating, Wolinsky received assignments from national publications including Natural History, Smithsonian, Newsweek, and International Wildlife.

In 1972, Wolinsky began his 35-year career as a National Geographicphotographer, producing picture essays in Europe, Africa, Russia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Peru, India, China, and Japan. His photographs have been published in books and magazines throughout the world. His photographic prints have been acquired by museums and private collectors in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Wolinsky co-founded the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University and TRIIIBE, an artists collaborative. He now works with his son Yari, a filmmaker, and his wife Babs, a graphic designer, making documentary films. Their company, Trillium Studios Films, produced Raise the Roof, a feature-length documentary about the reconstruction of an 18th-century Polish wooden synagogue. The film has been featured at more than 150 film festivals and is currently being broadcast on public television stations across the US.

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Mark Davis and Cary Wolinsky Public Opening
Dec
1
3:00 PM15:00

Mark Davis and Cary Wolinsky Public Opening

Both artists will attend the public opening.

Mark Davis was educated at Goddard College in Vermont. He began making jewelry in his teens and his dexterous metalwork is entirely self-taught. Initial forays into mobiles utilized the metals of his jewelry making: sterling silver, gold plating, and brass. The variety of styles and materials that Davis uses to build his mobiles has expanded dramatically over the years to create a complex and compelling body of work. In addition to moderate scale pieces of movement, color, and grace, Davis also creates large scale public and private commission pieces. Davis' works are on display in numerous private and public collections including the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital and the Rose Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Cary Wolinsky worked as a news photographer for The Boston Globe in 1968 while completing a degree in photojournalism at Boston University. Soon after graduating, Wolinsky received assignments from national publications including Natural History, Smithsonian, Newsweek, and International Wildlife. In 1972, Wolinsky began his 35-year career as a National Geographic photographer, producing picture essays in Europe, Africa, Russia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Peru, India, China, and Japan. His photographs have been published in books and magazines throughout the world. His photographic prints have been acquired by museums and private collectors in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. Wolinsky co-founded of the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University and TRIIIBE, an artists collaborative. Wolinsky now works with his son Yari, a filmmaker, and his wife Babs, a graphic designer, making documentary films. Their company, Trillium Studios Films (trilliumstudios.com) produced Raise the Roof (polishsynagogue.com), a feature-length documentary, about the reconstruction of an 18th century Polish wooden synagogue. The film has been featured at more than 150 film festivals and is currently being broadcast on public television stations across the US.

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Mark Hewitt Potter's Talk
Oct
14
2:00 PM14:00

Mark Hewitt Potter's Talk

Please join us in the Gallery for a Potter's Talk with Mark Hewitt.

Mark Hewitt has been making distinctive functional pottery in North Carolina since 1983. Fusing what he learned in his native England as an apprentice under, Michael Cardew, with the ceramic traditions of the American South, and bending those aesthetics into an elegant contemporary style. Using local clays and glaze materials, Hewitt fires his pots in a large wood-burning kiln. Most recently, Hewitt's work reassesses aspects of industrial ceramics, the production of which is most familiar to him as his father and grandfather were directors of Spode, the fine china manufacturer. Hewitt was the 2014 Voulkos Fellow at the Archie Bray Institute in Helena, Montana, a finalist for the 2015 American Craft Council/Balvenie Rare Craft Award, a 2015 United States Artist (USA) Fellow, and is current President of the North Carolina Pottery Center, in Seagrove. His works are included in numerous museum collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.

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Mark Hewitt and Jeffrey Hessing Public Opening
Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

Mark Hewitt and Jeffrey Hessing Public Opening

Mark Hewitt will attend the public opening.

Mark Hewitt has been making distinctive functional pottery in North Carolina since 1983. Fusing what he learned in his native England as an apprentice under, Michael Cardew, with the ceramic traditions of the American South, and bending those aesthetics into an elegant contemporary style. Using local clays and glaze materials, Hewitt fires his pots in a large wood-burning kiln. Most recently, Hewitt's work reassesses aspects of industrial ceramics, the production of which is most familiar to him as his father and grandfather were directors of Spode, the fine china manufacturer. Hewitt was the 2014 Voulkos Fellow at the Archie Bray Institute in Helena, Montana, a finalist for the 2015 American Craft Council/Balvenie Rare Craft Award, a 2015 United States Artist (USA) Fellow, and is current President of the North Carolina Pottery Center, in Seagrove. His works are included in numerous museum collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.

Jeffrey Hessing grew up in the United States and moved to the medieval village of Vence, France in 1980. The vivid landscapes and interiors of his work convey the intensity of the region's color and light, as well as the passionate way in which inhabitants of Provence savor every aspect of life. A student of American sculptor and printmaker Leonard Baskin, Hessing is strongly influenced by the Fauvist palette and their wildly expressive techniques. Hessing has exhibited extensively throughout France and travels regularly to experience and paint new landscapes. His work is included in the permanent collection of Boston Public Library, and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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Artist Talk with Miraku Kamei XV
Sep
23
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Talk with Miraku Kamei XV

Please join us at the Gallery to hear Mr. Kamei speak about his craft while surrounded by his latest works.

Miraku Kamei XV was born Masahisa Kamei in 1960, the eldest son of Miraku Kamei XIV, master potter of Takatori ware. Completing his university degree in Ceramics at Kyoto Saga University of Arts, he was able to take the title of the fifteenth generation in 2001. Kamei has been carrying on the tradition of Takatori ware for more than thirty years. In addition to exhibiting and promoting Takatori ware around Japan, he is an active teacher, training students in ceramics at several institutions around his home city of Fukuoka. Currently, Kamei is president of the Fukuoka/Hakata branch of the Japan Ceramics Association and a member of numerous arts organizations.

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Miraku Kamei XV and Gunnar Norrman Public Opening
Sep
22
3:00 PM15:00

Miraku Kamei XV and Gunnar Norrman Public Opening

Please join us at the Gallery for the public opening for Markings of Time by Gunnar Norrman, and Elegant Simplicity: Ceramics by Miraku Kamei XV & Son.

Miraku Kamei XV will attend the public opening.

Miraku Kamei XV was born Masahisa Kamei in 1960, the eldest son of Miraku Kamei XIV, master potter of Takatori ware. He completed his university degree in Ceramics at Kyoto Saga University of Arts and took the title of the fifteenth generation in 2001. Mr. Kamei has been carrying on the tradition of Takatori ware for more than thirty years. In addition to exhibiting and promoting Takatori ware around Japan, he is an active teacher, training students in ceramics at a number of institutions around his home city of Fukuoka. He is also president of the Fukuoka/Hakata branch of the Japan Ceramics Association and a member of numerous arts organizations. In 2016, Kamei received the award of Contemporary Master Craftsman, designated to a craftsman with excellent skills from Fukuoka, Japan.

Gunnar Norrman's endeavors in fine art were complemented by his pursuits in music and botany. Gunnar was a skilled draughtsman, pianist, and gardener. The delicate and subtle pencil and conté drawings, lithographs, and dry point etchings are like melodic compositions on the simple beauty of nature's gifts. In 1979, he was awarded the Prince Eugen Medal by the King of Sweden for his outstanding illustrations found in “Naturen I Våra Hjärtan,” an anthology of poems. Greatly respected in his native Sweden, Norrman’s works were featured in a 1997 exhibition titled Modern Scandinavian Prints at the British Museum, London, and continue to be exhibited internationally. In 2003, a catalogue raisonné, Gunnar Norrman: The Complete Graphic Works, 1941-2001, was published by Fitch-Febvrel Gallery in New York.

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